United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Reno Running Enemy, age 28, of St. Francis, South Dakota, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 8, 2011, and pled guilty to Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding and Simple Assault. The maximum penalty for each count upon conviction is 6 months imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both.
On July 5, 2011, at approximately 2 a.m., Running Enemy was chasing the victim with a broken pool cue. Running Enemy threatened to cut the victim with the pool cue, but was unable to catch him. A short time later, Running Enemy again chased the victim while carrying a knife. The victim slipped and fell to the ground while trying to escape from Running Enemy and landed on his stomach. While the victim was on the ground, Running Enemy jumped on top of the victim and assaulted him.
The investigation was conducted by Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for February 2, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.